Salem-Keizer nearing final school boundaries for 2019-20

Proposed elementary school boundaries under the most recent Salem-Keizer School District proposal. (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) After months of discussion, the Salem-Keizer School District is nearing a final plan to shift the boundaries of dozens of local schools. That plan would leave schools in Keizer and West Salem largely untouched and[Read More…]

Parents concerned about racial discrimination, transportation in Salem-Keizer boundary shifts

Olga Cobb, Salem-Keizer director of elementary education, explains proposed boundary changes to parents at Four Corners Elementary School on Dec. 4, 2018. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents are concerned a Salem-Keizer School District proposal to ease high school overcrowding by shifting some students to different schools would lead to more bullying[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer school officials want citizen opinion about boundary changes affecting thousands

Proposed changes to Salem-Keizer high school boundaries are being reviewed. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A group of community volunteers and Salem-Keizer School District staff wants to hear from the community before finishing a proposal that would shift thousands of local students to new schools. Four community forums have been scheduled across[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer recruiting bus drivers

Alan Booth inspects his bus’ lights before starting his morning route. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Alan Booth is now used to no one knowing his name at work. “Bus driver! Can you turn the heater off?” The question was yelled out from the back of Booth’s 40-foot school bus. Booth turned[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer board approves eminent domain to take St. Edward church land

St. Edward parish member Karen Scharosch urges the Salem-Keizer School Board not to pass a resolution authorizing the district to take church land. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) With the sole school board member representing Keizer abstaining, the Salem-Keizer School Board voted Tuesday to move ahead with forcing a growing Catholic parish[Read More…]

2018 Crystal Apple awards recognize outstanding Salem-Keizer educators

2018 Crystal Apple Award winners pose following the awards ceremony on Nov. 1, 2018 (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer Education Foundation) The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation recognized twelve teachers, administrators and support staff with Crystal Apple awards Thursday evening. The foundation selected those staff from 61 nominations submitted by parents, students and fellow educators. The[Read More…]

Parents recognize eclectic West Salem French teacher Christy Beckstrom

Christy Beckstrom reviews French grammar with senior Olivia Caudell in class on Nov. 1, 2018 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents, students and colleagues nominated 61 Salem-Keizer educators for Crystal Apple Awards this year. The award, given annually by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, recognizes staff who make a significant difference in the[Read More…]